Chic retractable roofing

July 1st, 2019

The design team of Charles H. Benson & Associates Architects and the firm Herzog and de Meuron created all-weather courtyard dining within the walls of Miami Beach’s Chotto Matte. A retractable canopy that has already survived Hurricane Irma provides protection against the elements. Photos: Uni-Systems LLC. The trendy London restaurant Chotto Matte recently opened its […]

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Dramatic canopy offers protection high above the city

July 1st, 2019

By Bruce N. Wright, AIA The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, in Charlotte N.C., has a stunning 19th-floor lawn and event deck overlooking the city. The popular venue hosts weddings and other large gatherings, and the hotel needed a retractable canopy to protect patrons from sun, rain and high winds that may swirl about the 20-story […]

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Underwater shade at Penn State

June 1st, 2019

Tensile membrane offers two times more natural light transmission than standard weldable PVDF membranes as well as twice the heat protection, making it ideal for creating an outdoor performance and relaxation space. Photos: ©Lightweight Manufacturing. When you think about outdoor spaces for people to congregate, a water tower is probably not on the list. But […]

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